Pinhas Inbari

Pinhas Inbari is a veteran Arab affairs correspondent who formerly reported for Israel Radio and Al Hamishmar newspaper, and currently serves as an analyst for the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

Publications by Pinhas Inbari

A Shift in the Islamic Center of Gravity?

Iran and Saudi Arabia argue over which is the holiest city. Read More »

Arab Affairs Expert Pinhas Inbari on Instability in Palestinian Cities

Tensions and even anarchy in Nablus, Hebron, and Ramallah on the eve of Palestinian local elections. The Palestinian Authority has little control in the municipalities. Read More »

The Hot Arab Summer in the West Bank

Internal tensions continue in Palestinian cities. Read More »

The PA, Based in Ramallah, Faces Opposition in Other Towns

Gun battles in Nablus and Tulkarem Read More »

King Abdullah: Jordan Is Responsible for Arab Interests in Jerusalem, Not the Palestinians

King Abdullah of Jordan made some very strong statements against Jews going to the Temple Mount. Should Israel be concerned?
Jerusalem Center Arab Affairs analyst Pinhas Inbari noted: “I think that the Muqata in Ramallah should be more concerned than Israel because King Abdullah’s main message was not against Israel, as strange as it may seem, it was against the Muqata in Ramallah, because King Abdullah of Jordan was representing the Palestinian problem instead of the PLO, and he mentioned his sole responsibility over Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa mosque, which is the role of the Palestinians, as far as they are perceiving their role in Jerusalem. And he did not mention the Palestinians in Jerusalem, but he mentioned the Arabs in Jerusalem, which means there is no legitimacy to the PA in Jerusalem.” Read More »

The Fraying Palestinian Political Entity in the West Bank

The Fragmented West Bank: The Whole Is Less than the Sum of Its Parts The Palestinian Authority is failing to control extensive parts of the West Bank. As a result, some districts of the West Bank are developing in different […] Read More »

An Ottoman Return to Jerusalem?

Turkey’s renewed interest in Jerusalem affairs Read More »

Hebron – Torn between Fundamentalism, Nationalism, and Commercial Interests

The most significant recent development in Hebron and Mount Hebron is the revival of an old institution that had been dormant and inactive: the Mount Hebron Tribal Council (Majlis Asha’er Jebel al-Khali).1 Noteworthy is that its latest conference was held […] Read More »

Ramallah and the Palestinian Non-Government Organizations (PNGOs)

Generational battles in Ramallah: The “Tunisian” Palestinians vs the Locals Read More »

The Fate of Nablus (Shechem): Anarchy Prevails

Hebron is consolidating itself as a community that is led by clans and tribes and is linked with Jordan. Ramallah is beginning a consolidation process within a civil-society framework. Nablus, however, while trying to remain connected with Ramallah, is in […] Read More »

Arab Peace Initiative Is Negotiable, Saudi Arabia and Jordan Say

“Be flexible,” Arab kings tell the PA leader Abbas Read More »

The New Jordanian-Palestinian Chasm

Is Jordan reasserting guardianship in Jerusalem? Read More »

The Internal Palestinian Fight for Jerusalem

Who’s who in the battle for “Al Quds” Read More »

Interpreting Palestinian “Sign Language”

Color War: the clash of colors, flags and symbols Read More »

Why the Palestinian Authority Hesitated to Honor Israeli Arab Terrorist as a “Martyr”

The fear of appearing like ISIS Read More »

The Palestinian Authority Will Find No Friend in ISIS

ISIS Leader threatens Israel Read More »

Hamas Looks beyond Jerusalem … to Rome and Beyond

The conquest of Europe Read More »

Will Cameras on the Temple Mount Work?

Looking for a Solution on the Temple Mount Read More »

Stabbing at a West Bank Supermarket – A Blow to Coexistence?

Palestinian leadership is opposed to economic coexistence with Israel Read More »

The Other Casualty of the Wave of Palestinian Terror

Thousands of Licensed Palestinian Workers from the West Bank Could Lose Jobs. Read More »

Terror Attack Claimed by “Abd al-Qader al-Husseini Storm Troopers”

Palestinian Disturbances: The Legacy of the “Mufti” Returns Read More »

The Muslim Schism over Jerusalem

Holiness of Al-Aqsa Mosque rejected by key elements in Sunni Islam. Read More »

The Palestinian Predicament, Part 1: The PLO Loses Relevancy

The Palestinians’ Lose the Spotlight, the PLO Loses Relevancy Read More »

The PLO’s Mahmoud Abbas Searches for Legitimacy

As expected, the head of the PLO, Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) announced his resignation from the PLO leadership, in the expectation that the Palestinian parliament, the Palestinian National Council (PNC), will renew his leadership mandate. The PNC will reconvene in […] Read More »

Is There a Hamas Truce in the Works?

Despite Israel’s sweeping denial of any talks with Hamas about a truce in return for the lifting of the blockade on Gaza, the Palestinian political establishment is taking the reports very seriously and ignoring the Israeli denial. Meanwhile, Hamas’ difficulties […] Read More »

Pan-Arabism versus Pan-Islam – Where Do the Druze Fit?

The Threat to Ethnic Groups’ Self-Determination Read More »

The Islamization of World Soccer?

Palestinian Soccer: Watch the Play Away from the Ball Read More »

Intra-Arab Rifts the Real Reason for Palestinians’ FIFA Failure

The Palestinian FIFA gambit has Qatari-Hamas-Muslim Brotherhood motives. Read More »

Syrian Opposition also Opposes Nuclear Iran

Syrian opposition leaders speak out on Iran’s nuclear plans and Israel. Read More »

The Islamic Armageddon Lies between Turkey and ISIS

Do ISIS and Turkey hold competing views of the Caliphate? Read More »

Shi’ites Establish Themselves in Sunni Mosque in Damascus

Shi’ite move into Grand Mosque of Damascus “reprehensible and unprecedented,” says Saudi Al Arabiya Read More »

Implications of a Visit by Senior Islamic Official to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque

Islamic official’s visit to al-Aqsa Mosque challenged Hamas and Arab Brotherhood. Read More »

Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood Have Their Sights on the West Bank and Jordan

Security cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority prevents Hamas attempts to seize the West Bank. Read More »

Is the Arab World Turning Its Back on the Palestinians?

Some Arabs and their governments display outright animosity toward the Palestinians today. Read More »

The Role of Hamas and Fatah in the Jerusalem Disturbances

The Brotherhood’s strategy hopes to unite all of the region’s Islamic movements around the idea of the Muslim Caliphate with the Al-Aqsa Mosque as its hub. Read More »

The Ties Between the Nusra Front – the Syrian al Qaeda Affiliate – and Hamas

Does Hamas Chief Khaled Mashaal run two other jihadi groups now on the Golan Heights? Read More »

The Gaza Water Crisis

Hamas and the Palestinian Authority in general failed to manage Gaza’s civil affairs. Read More »

A View of Jerusalem through the Smoke

The rioting in Jerusalem conceals Hamas-Palestinian Authority debate on Jerusalem Read More »

ISIS: Iran’s Instrument for Regional Hegemony?

If Iran fights ISIS, Tehran would be turning against a movement that has been a useful surrogate for its interests. Read More »

Demographic Upheaval: How the Syrian War is Reshaping the Region

The current political and military upheavals in the Middle East are producing new and far-reaching demographic realities. Read More »

Efforts to Establish a Palestinian Unity Government

The Western powers want to see a Palestinian unity government. Read More »

The “Shati Reconciliation Agreement” between Fatah and Hamas: A Preliminary Evaluation

Qatar may supply an economic safety net to support the Hamas-Fatah unity government. Read More »

Palestinian Defiance of Washington

Defying the United States is now in fashion. Read More »

Mahmoud Abbas Rejects Even Discussing the Rights of the Jewish People to a State

Since his return from Washington, where he met with President Barack Obama, Mahmoud Abbas has demonstrated on successive occasions that he is only willing to harden his position on peace with Israel. For example, on March 22, 2014, Abbas spoke […] Read More »

Abbas Uses Fatah Speech to Reject U.S. Plan

Abbas repeated emphatically that he would under no circumstances accept the “Jewish state” principle. Read More »

Link Israeli Support for Gaza Infrastructure to Dismantling Terror Infrastructure

Israel’s situation regarding Gaza cannot be understood without grasping two terms: hudna and tahdiya. Hudna is a binding religious concept based on the agreement that the Prophet Muhammad made with the Quraysh tribe, in which he undertook a total ceasefire. […] Read More »

Japan and the Palestinian Authority: Foreign Policy and Economic Interest

Unlike the U.S. and EU, Japan funds development projects but not the PA budget. Read More »

The Syrian Constellation before the Geneva 2 Peace Talks

The U.S. and Russia convened the Geneva 2 peace conference to counter al-Qaeda in Syria. Read More »

No End to Palestinian Claims: How Israel and the Palestinians View Borders

There is considerable evidence that the Palestinian leadership has claims to Israeli territory within the 1967 lines. Read More »

Multiplying Efforts to Undermine the Unique Status of Mecca in Islam

The Shiite crescent is challenging the status of Mecca. Read More »

Hamas Sends a Signal to Iran

Musa Abu Marzook, deputy to Khaled Mashal, head of the Hamas politburo, gave a recent interview to the pro-Assad Al Mayadeen TV station in Lebanon that has not received appropriate attention. Read More »

Hard Choices for Hamas with the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood

Hamas is abandoning the sinking ship of Syria and many senior cadres have already settled in Gaza. Read More »

What Are the Palestinians Planning after September?

What the Palestinians really envisage after September is to exploit a UN endorsement of statehood to legitimize an escalation of the conflict. After having the 1967 lines recognized so as to negate the results of the Six-Day War, they plan to seek recognition of the 1947 partition lines. Read More »

The Reconciliation Agreement between Fatah and Hamas – An Initial Evaluation

The reconciliation agreement signed by Fatah and Hamas is the old “Egyptian paper” with a protocol that added Hamas’ reservations. Read More »

The Palestine Papers: Al-Jazeera Has an Agenda

For years al-Jazeera has sought to advance the interests of the Muslim Brotherhood against the Arab regimes.
The PA success in gathering support for statehood recognition was turning Hamas rule in Gaza into a liability.
Now, after al-Jazeera has brainwashed Arab minds with charges of PLO treason, no declaration of statehood can be expected. Read More »

Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s Two-Year Path to Palestinian Statehood

The one-sided establishment of a Palestinian state would contravene a key provision of the Oslo Interim Agreement, according to which: “Neither side shall initiate or take any step that will change the status of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip pending the outcome of the permanent status agreement.” Read More »

Will Fatah Give Up the Armed Struggle at Its Sixth General Congress?

To what extent will Fatah’s Sixth General Congress advance or retard the prospects for re-launching the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. Is Fatah going to waive its historical principle of “armed struggle” and devote itself to peace negotiations based on compromise? Fatah’s “Internal Order” document retains the armed struggle as a strategy in order to liberate the whole of Palestinian and eliminate Israel. Read More »

Jordan’s Outreach to Hamas: The Politics of Distress

Hamas influence in Jordan and the West Bank is rising. Iran and Russia are moving to reshape the Middle East. At the same time, Jordan fears it cannot trust the political will of its traditional allies as Israel has diplomatically engaged Jordan’s adversaries – Syria and Hamas. Read More »

The Risks to Regional Security from International Forces in Gaza

With the total collapse of Fatah in Gaza and the territory’s takeover by Hamas, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been giving serious consideration to the deployment of international forces in the Gaza Strip generally, and more specifically in the sensitive Philadelphi Corridor separating Gaza from Egyptian Sinai. A deeper look reveals that the international-forces idea is very dangerous with potentially grave results for Israel. Read More »

Brothers in Arms: Fatah and Palestinian Islamic Jihad

Originally, Islamic Jihad was actually a purely Fatah offshoot, part and parcel of the military apparatus of Arafat’s deputy, Abu Jihad, who, as his name may convey, was the major promoter of Islamic features in Fatah. During the first Lebanon war, Abu Jihad followers helped Iran establish Hizbullah on the ruins of the Fatah infrastructure that Israel had destroyed in the war. Read More »

The Arab World’s Political Dilemma: Between Islamic “Resistance” and the Western State System

What type of political system does the Arab world want to have? Normal statehood, or a belligerent “resistance” in which the state is only a platform to provide infrastructure and services to the “resistance.” This is an inter-Arab decision, and neither Israel nor the international community can make this decision for the Arabs. There are currently three active “resistances” in the Arab world: the Iraqi “resistance,” Hizballah, and the Palestinian “resistance.” Read More »

Will There Be a Palestinian Civil War?

The June 25 Palestinian attack from the Gaza Strip on an IDF military post inside Israel is directly connected to the Hamas-Fatah struggle over the "Prisoners Document," which may be put to a Palestinian referendum. The core of that document calls for the unification of all armed factions to carry out joint operations against Israel. What remains in dispute is who exactly will lead the new unified front. Read More »

The Murder of Musa Arafat and the Battle for the Spoils of Gaza

Israeli assessments have pointed to both Fatah and Hamas as responsible for the murder of Gen. Musa Arafat – security advisor to PA Chairman Mahmud Abbas and former head of Military Intelligence and the National Security forces in Gaza – on September 7, 2005. However, ongoing Palestinian investigations have led some senior officials to assign responsibility to Mohammed Dahlan, the PA Minister of Civil Affairs and former head of PA Preventive Security in Gaza. Read More »